The Bylaws Committee shall study the potential merits, adverse consequences and legal implications of all proposed amendments or changes in the Bylaws and report their findings and recommendations to the SAEM Board prior to formal consideration of the proposed changes by the membership. The members of the Committee may suggest appropriate amendments to the Bylaws to the SAEM Board.
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The Committee of Academy Leaders (COAL) is an SAEM committee comprised of the Presidents and Presidents-elect of each of the official SAEM academies and chaired by the SAEM President-elect. The purpose of COAL is to provide a forum for improved communication and discussion among the academies in an effort to help both the academies and SAEM grow in the efficiency and effectiveness of their shared goals.
The Ethics Committee reviews all conflicts of interest and makes recommendations to the SAEM Board regarding the resolution of disputes. The Committee will review SAEM’s Conflict of Interest Policy annually and ensure the professional standing and integrity of the Society by monitoring the relevant policies of other societies and evaluating recommendations from health care experts, ethicists, and other resources.
The Faculty Development Committee works to achieve objectives set forth by the SAEM president for the development of tools and techniques to assist academic faculty physicians throughout the course of their careers. The Faculty Development Committee’s objectives include becoming a central resource for faculty engaged in administration, clinical operations, education, research, and scholarship.
The Fellowship Approval Committee reviews both institutional applications and fellow applications for SAEM approval. SAEM recognizes there are many valuable non-ACGME approved, post-graduate training opportunities for emergency medicine residency graduates. To promote standardization and excellence in training for fellows in these programs, SAEM has used content experts to develop guidelines for fellowship training programs that address milestones in curricular elements, faculty support recommendations, and career development opportunities. Faculty that are experienced in training emergency medicine fellows in the following categories are encouraged to apply for this committee: research, education scholarship, geriatrics, and international/global health.
The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing SAEM’s financial operations and providing input into the sound fiscal management of the Society through monthly financial review, financial policy updates, and budgetary oversight. The committee reviews and makes recommendations to the SAEM Board regarding the annual budget, capital expenditures, and special projects.
The Membership Committee is responsible for ensuring that SAEM meets the growing and changing needs of its members. Additionally, the Membership Committee strives to increase academic emergency medicine faculty, resident, and allied health care professional membership in the Society. Through the review of membership statistics, surveys, and trends, the Membership Committee identifies potential new members and develops mechanisms for membership recruitment and retention.
The Nominating Committee will select candidates to fill the naturally occurring vacancies on the SAEM Board and elected positions on the standing committees of the Society not otherwise designated and provided for by these Bylaws. The Nominating Committee will seek the candidates’ approval for formal nomination and shall place their names in nomination for election. The slate of SAEM Board nominees selected by the Nominating Committee shall be approved by the SAEM Board prior to distribution to the membership for consideration.
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The Program Committee is responsible for the overall planning of the SAEM annual meeting. Each member of the committee is required to belong to at least one of the subcommittees that comprise the Program Committee: abstracts, awards, didactics, events, innovations, junior faculty forum, medical student ambassadors, medical student symposium, photo exhibition, program directors, residency and fellowship fair, resident leadership forum, and/or social media. This Program Committee is very active throughout the year, reviewing and scoring didactics, abstracts, and innovations, in addition to other subcommittee tasks. The Program Committee also has general oversight of SAEM regional meetings.
The Research Committee serves as a resource for finding funding opportunities and for preparing materials that are helpful to all of SAEM’s members in improving their research skills. The Research Committee is responsible for organizing the annual Grant Writing Workshop, for submitting specialized didactic sessions for SAEM’s annual meeting, and for other research-related objectives as required. Experienced researchers and enthusiastic residents are encouraged to apply. Research Committee members are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meetings for both SAEM and ACEP and are required to work on at least one of the committee objectives for the year and to participate in monthly conference calls.